Sellers – Are You Trusting Your Realtor Or the News Media?

Some segments of the news media sell newspapers, magazines, and news broadcasts with a large dose of gloom and doom, negative news, and sensationalism. Such tactics do not successfully sell homes. Real estate professionals sell property by providing up-to-date statistics and information on relevant trends. Whom are you going to trust?

If you are preparing to sell your home, it’s easy to become discouraged with national news about foreclosures, falling home prices, stagnant markets, and rising interests rates. Here’s how to know whom you can trust so you can sell with confidence.

Think for yourself.

Make the decision that is right for you. National trends and local markets are simply pieces of a pattern. They are not a traffic light, regulating when you can go sell your house.

Don’t believe everything you see or hear.

Thanks to the Internet and social media, we have instant access to all kinds of information and news. Just because you find a statistic on the Internet, hear it from your favorite news anchor, or read it in the local paper does not mean it is universally true. However, if you repeatedly get reliable help from the same source, you know you can probably trust them.

Double check facts and figures.

Dig deeper. Make sure the information you have at your disposal is not outdated. Talk to your realtor and get the facts for your geographical area instead of relying on generalizations. Look for matching statistics from more than one source to recognize trustworthy sources.

Be an educated consumer.

Don’t rely solely on the word of your best friend, co-worker, or neighbor. Do your homework. Visit your public library to gather local data. Search online to discover patterns. Talk with your realtor to discover what is true at this time for your geographical area and other homes in your target price range.

Form a team of trusted professionals.

Your realtor, banker, insurance agent, accountant, lawyer, and Chamber of Commerce all have access to reliable data for sellers. Increase your confidence in your ability to sell your home now by trusting the right professionals.

Counter what you see and hear in the media. Think for yourself. Don’t believe everything that is presented as fact. Double check the figures. Be an educated consumer. Form your own team of trusted professionals including your realtor and sell with confidence.